The Best Online Events in Seattle This Week

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If you’ve been a loyal EverOut follower these last several months, you know that living through a pandemic doesn’t mean there’s nothing interesting to do—you just have to know where to look. In addition to everything listed on our in-person events calendar, there are also plenty of exciting virtual events happening all week long that we think you should know about. We’ve rounded them all up below, from the second round of Stranger Debates: Seattle’s Only Candidate Forum to a publication day event for Lindy West’s new book Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, and from the Tasveer South Asian Litfest to The Future Is 0: A Benefit for On the Boards. For non-virtual options, check out our StreamLocal events hub for other upcoming virtual events! Plus, stay tuned for a roundup of the best in-person things to do around town this weekend.


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MONDAY

COMMUNITY

Stranger Debates: Liz Berry vs Sarah Reyneveld
This race asks the people of the Ballard area a key and pressing question: Do you want a lawyer or the director of a lawyers association to represent you in Olympia??? Weigh in TONIGHT as managing assistant attorney general Sarah Reyneveld faces off against trial lawyers association director Liz Berry in the race to fill this open seat. Both Reyneveld and Berry promise to vote for meaningful climate change legislation, police reform, bail reform, good housing bills, and better tenant protections. Both exceed the qualifications for the job. Berry claims the two disagree when it comes to laying off public employees during the recession, but Reyneveld argues she will not support cuts to public sector jobs in upcoming budget negotiations. One thing is for certain: Berry led Reyneveld by nine points in the August primary, so Reyneveld’s got some catching up to do. And she may get that opportunity next week, when a bunch of foul-mouthed Stranger reporters dressed up like maniacs run both candidates through a gauntlet of tough questions, policy battles, fantasy character-building exercises, and a totally low-rent Zoom talent show. After all that, The Stranger will poll the audience and announce a winner.

MUSIC

Buscabulla
Husband-and-wife indie-pop duo Buscabulla will play tracks from their latest album, Regresa, which expresses the couple’s experience moving from New York back to their birth country of Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by hurricanes in 2017, on KEXP’s YouTube channel.

READINGS & TALKS

Jennifer Haupt & Friends
Join local novelist Jennifer Haupt (In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills) for a presentation on the new anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, which she edited. She’ll be joined by Lidia Yuknavitch, Claudia Castro Luna, and Amber Flame.

John Marzluff
The author of several bird books and a professor of environmental and forest sciences, John Marzluff details the lives of our winged neighbors to the east in his new book In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farm and Food in Harmony with the Land. He’ll join Elliott Bay for an online discussion. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Drawing on Our Strength
This virtual fundraiser for the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center will center around a conversation with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.

MUSIC

Salome MC
Iranian rapper Salome MC will grace KEXP’s YouTube channel for a live afternoon set.

READINGS & TALKS

Atrocity Pictures: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the Hollywood Studio System Before 1948
This Q&A with professor Steven Carr, author of Atrocity Pictures, will focus on how anti-Semitic allegations of Jewish control over Hollywood helped shape popular depictions of Nazism and the Holocaust in mainstream media. 

Jill and Sasha LaPointe Discuss Vi Hilbert’s ‘Haboo’
Sister storytelling duo Jill and Sasha LaPointe will share their re-released edition of Vi Hilbert’s Haboo, a collection of stories recounting legends of the Lushootseed-speaking people of Puget Sound.

Lindy West: Shit, Actually (Publication Day Event!)
Hometown hero and former Stranger writer Lindy West will celebrate the publication of her new book Shit, Actually: The Definitive 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, where she addresses burning questions such as “Is Twilight the horniest movie in history?” in the past 40 years of movies. Ticketholders will receive a copy of the book. This Slog post she wrote back in 2010 about Sex and the City 2 should give you an idea of the kind of delightful insights you can expect in her new tome. 

Magical Language, Magical Plants, and the Magical In Between: E. J. Koh, Mita Mahato, and Kathryn Nuernberger
E. J. Koh (whose book The Magical Language of Others “contains the emotional and philosophical heft of a doorstop,” according to Rich Smith), Kathryn Nuernberger (The End of Pink), and visual poet Mita Mahato will share work that “opens hidden doors, and reveals the secrets behind them.”

Virtual Author Talk: Parwana by Durkhanai Ayubi
Author Durkhanai Ayubi will chat about her new book Parwana, which shares her family’s treasured Afghan recipes and the stories behind them, with Lionesse founder Olaiya Land.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Experimental Mapping in the Central District
People and communities outside of the “apparatus of state power,” as press materials describe it, have long created their own maps as a form of empowerment. In this online workshop on art-based experimental mapping with Wa Na Wari and Sara Zewde, bring the materials you need for your medium of choice (e.g. brushes and paint for painting, a camera for filming, etc.) and make three different scales of experimental maps: the detail, the memory, and the community. 

History Café: El Centro de la Raza
This installment of MoHAI’s History Cafe series will go into the history of El Centro de la Raza, Beacon Hill’s Center for People of all Races. Hear from founders and community members on lessons learned from the occupation of the old Beacon Hill School in 1972, and how they inform current struggles for racial justice.

Virtual Silent Reading Party
The first worldwide silent-reading party was such a huge success that we’re making it weekly. Every Wednesday at 6 pm we’re going to throw these parties, at least until stay-at-home is over. Attendees at the first Zoom silent-reading party included famous actors, writers, composers, artists, families, teenagers doing their homework, people staring into space listening to the music because it was just so beautiful, cats, and even one household on Orcas Island that was eating dinner and decided to broadcast the reading party as their background music. (What a brilliant idea!) It wasn’t just a great party to be at. Behind the scenes, this was a roaring success as well. The Stranger brought in revenue from the reading party for the first time ever, our musician Paul Matthew Moore made ten times more on Venmo tips than he’s ever made in the tip jar at the Sorrento (thank you for your generosity—he deserves it!), and hundreds of people at the party have written us emails, clamoring for more. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

MUSIC

Black Fret & NVCS present Sera Cahoone
“Sera Cahoone’s innate language is that of heartbreak, of knowing what you have in this life is perfect, or as perfect as humans can access, and there’s no way it could ever last,” Stranger staffer Kim Selling once wrote. Sit with that at this concert on Nectar’s virtual stage (aka YouTube). 

READINGS & TALKS

Author Talk: Gin and How to Drink it by Dave Broom
Brush up on the finer points of the juniper-based spirit with award-winning author Dave Broom, who will be in conversation with author and New York Times drinks writer Robert Simonson about his new book.

Kathleen Flenniken with Sharon Bryan
Washington State Book Award-winning poet Kathleen Flenniken will read from her collection Post Romantic at this virtual Elliott Bay event with fellow poet Sharon Bryan.

The Unique Wisdom of Intersectional Identities: A Panel With Local Queer and Disabled Leaders
Queer writers and artists with disabilities, including Neve Mazique, Catalleya Storm, and ChrisTiana ObeySumner, will fill out this online reading celebrating intersectional identities. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


THURSDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Brew With the Zoo
At this virtual event hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo, take in some adorable antics from zoo critters and a visit from one of the zoo’s most popular “ambassador animals” while sipping craft beer from Puget Sound breweries in the comfort of your own home.

GEEK

HP Trivia: Virtual Edition 3.0 (Halloween Special)
Don’t let J.K. Rowling’s horrific Tweets ruin Harry Potter for you—honor your personal connection to the fantasy series by answering questions in this virtual trivia night. This Halloween edition will include a costume contest, so ready those Party City wands.

MUSIC

NVCS Presents: Nolan Garrett
Tacoman pop singer Nolan Garrett will take over Nectar’s YouTube channel for a night.

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
An exploration of color and beauty, Vivaldi’s masterwork The Four Seasons will be assisted by the “steely countertenor voice” of Dmitry Sinkovsky and violin wizardry of the Seattle Symphony in this rebroadcast. 

PERFORMANCE

The Future Is 0: A Benefit for On the Boards
“I’m often told of a magical TV show that aired during the even more magical era that was Seattle in the 1980s and ’90s, a time when everyone lived in a punk house and everyone sucked gay cock. That TV show was Almost Live!, and it was basically like Seattle’s SNL, and everyone loved it. While I never watched Almost Live! live, I’ve spent a good deal of time watching it on (gasp) the internet, and I’d like to posit that The Future Is 0—a live game show—carries on the tradition of Almost Live!’s nerdy, affable, charismatic humor. But, of course, they are not the same thing, and Seattle has sucked since Almost Live! ended and the Kingdome exploded,” wrote The Stranger‘s Chase Burns last year. The game show will once again be at the center of this year’s online benefit for On the Boards.

READINGS & TALKS

Poetry & the Wilderness of the Present: Mark Irwin & Erin Malone
“By confronting, accessing, and engaging the present, the poet strives to find an everywhere at once and a place of communion with the reader,” writes poet Mark Irwin. Join him and fellow acclaimed poet Erin Malone for. reading of poems exploring “wildness and danger.”

Virtual Author Talk: I Heart Soul Food by Rosie Mayes
I Heart Recipes creator Rosie Mayes will discuss her new book I Heart Soul Food, which divulges the secrets behind cooking classic Southern comfort food like fried chicken and collard greens, with blogger and cookbook author Danielle Kartes.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

GEEK

How To Play Spades
Multidisciplinary Black queer artists Amber Flame, Nafis White, Emily Leach, and Victoria Newton Ford, who first bonded over a game of Spades during a residency in Vermont, will delve into the ins and outs of the game.

MUSIC

Animals by Pink Floyd in its Entirety
Righteously bliss out to Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, a musical interpretation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, courtesy of the Kathy Moore Super Power Trio. 

Flentrop Organ Concert: Michael Kleinschmidt
Organist Michael Kleinschmidt will bring Charles-Marie Widor’s final symphony for solo organ, accompanied by the Compline Choir’s Gregorian chants, to life after a brief talk on the piece’s cultural context of 1899 Paris.

NVCS Presents: Digital Get Down: ’90s Prom Party
Live out your 10 Things I Hate About You fantasy by getting down to NSYNC, Britney Spears, and other mega-star pop acts of the ’90s, courtesy of DJ Lo Knows and boy band cover band #All4Doras.

PERFORMANCE

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 19
Fussy Cloud suggests that you “slather on a healthy dose of puppet protection,” and we’re afraid to ask what that means. Just kidding! If you’re into super weird theater, you should have lots of fun at this night of short, adults-only puppet plays.

READINGS & TALKS

Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power
Black Futures Lab founder Alicia Garza offers an organizer’s manifesto that outlines “a new paradigm for change” in her new book The Purpose of Power. Join her for a virtual reading with Elliott Bay.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Go Global Gala
Lily Collins, Ewan McGregor, and Robert Pattinson will host this virtual gala for the GO Campaign, which raises awareness and funds to help orphans and vulnerable children in the US and around the world. 

FILM

Slay – Livestreamed!
From the freaks who brought you the HUMP! and SPLIFF Film Festivals comes something new, fun, and totally terrifying: SLAY! SLAY calls for filmmakers to send in homemade short horror films—eight minutes or less—capturing what scares them most. From classic ghost stories and slasher films to dystopian cults and political nightmares, SLAY dares you to show us your darkest fears. We know reality is scarier than fiction right now. Let’s purge our fears together. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

MUSIC

Where Do We Go? The Livestream
LA pop maker Billie Eilish will stream this “interactive production” with proceeds from limited-edition merch benefiting Crew Nation COVID-19 relief efforts. Ticketholders will get access to the concert for 24 hours. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SUNDAY

FILM

Virtual Moving History – Home Movie Day 2020
October Home Movie Month and National Archives Month gives MIPoPS the perfect opportunity to flex their archival video-procuring skills. They’ll return with a compilation of local home movies from their library and from the staff’s personal collections.

FOOD & DRINK

City Fruit Celebrates 2020
Local urban orchard City Fruit, who donates locally harvested fruit to those who need it most in the greater Seattle area, will host this online birthday party where local cider-makers will talk about their latest fall flavors and Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings will host a round of fruit-themed trivia. You can preorder and pick up hard ciders ahead of time before tuning into the event.

MUSIC

WATCH PARTY: Bear Axe, Beverly Crusher, Black Ends, Greg Cypher
With election day looming, local indie rockers like Bear Axe, Beverly Crusher, Black Ends, Greg Cypher, and others will raise voter awareness with an online concert on Twitch. 

READINGS & TALKS

Jess Walter: The Cold Millions
The author of Beautiful Ruins is back with what NPR called a “literary miracle,” The Cold Millions, a novel about two brothers embroiled in class warfare in the early-20th century. Tickets include a copy of the book and access to the virtual event with the author and Timothy Egan.

Meredith Clark & Danielle Vogel
Experimental prose writers Meredith Clark and Danielle Vogel will treat you to some new lyrical works.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


MULTI–DAY

COMMUNITY

Always Indigenous Lunch Series
Chief Seattle Club will celebrate 50 years of serving the local Native homeless community with daily fundraising activities online, like a talk on wellness and recovery with Apsaalooke Nation dancer and hip-hop artist Supaman (Oct 19), a conversation titled “A Day in the Life at Chief Seattle Club” (Oct 20), a reading with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Oct 21), a chat with job rehabilitation program Native Works on their “seed to table” social enterprise Sovereignty Farm (Oct 22), and the presentation of the Stiffarm Leadership Award and Tricia Trainer Spirit Award (Oct 23) honoring Chief Seattle Club members.
(Monday–Friday)

Pacific Northwest History Conference
Whether you have a PhD in history or you’re just a fan of reading about it, this virtual Washington State Historical Society conference, whose theme this year is “Power and Resistance in the Pacific Northwest,” has a spot for you. The Pacific Northwest has long been a place of contested spaces. At a glance, some of the panels this year include “Native, Immigrant and Industrialist Claims to the Duwamish” and “Women’s Suffrage in the Pacific Northwest: Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment.”
(Tuesday–Friday)

FESTIVALS

Seattle Children’s Festival
Restless children and parents in need of a nap (or quality parent-offspring time) should queue up this virtual edition of Seattle Center’s festival of kids’ activities from home. Highlights this year include a musical performance from Caspar Babypants, drag queen storytime with Aleksa Manila, and a dance performance from the Northwest Tap Connection. 
(Saturday–Sunday)

Seattle Made Week 2020
Not only do local producers and manufacturers make cool stuff, but they also create jobs and allow our region to rely less on the global economy. Seattle Made’s annual celebration of local makers features a week of virtual pop-ups, meet-the-maker events, a party, a panel discussion, and vendor showcases.
(Monday–Saturday)

FILM

Bicycle Film Festival 2020
The longrunning Bicycle Film Festival Northwest will present an international selection of three short film programs. In addition to screenings, the online event includes panel discussions with titles like “Bicycle, a Tool for Social Change” and “Women in Cycling.”
(Friday–Sunday)

French Cinema Now
This festival of French and Francophone cinema culture that’s usually crammed (effectively) into a single week will get over three months of attention at SIFF. Nine of this year’s feature films, presented on TV5MONDE, are directed by women, including emerging filmmakers like Manele Labidi, whose Arab Blues follows a woman who, after years of studying abroad in Paris, returns home to Tunis to pursue her dream of opening up her own psychotherapy practice.
(All week)

Friday Harbor Documentary Film Festival
The Friday Harbor Film Festival will spend its eighth year online, offering a weeklong program of documentaries, short films, and student-made films, as well as daily livestream Q&As with filmmakers. Some highlights include Shane Anderson’s Chehalis: A Watershed Moment, about a salmon population on the brink of extinction, and Zach Carver’s The Race to Alaska, about the annual 750-mile boat race through the Alaskan wilderness. 
(All week)

NFFTY 2020
The “young filmmaker’s Cannes”—Charles Mudede called it “world-class”—the National Film Festival for Talented Youth assembles the best films made by directors under 25. See works by promising cineastes who will make you feel very old. We’re already choked up over Bloom, about a victim of assault who learns to cope in her abstract world made of clay. There’s also Athol Park, wherein a girl searches for her missing school teacher, and a new Chong the Nomad music video.
(Friday–Sunday)

Seattle Queer Film Festival 2020
Local shorts, indie features, and national or international releases will stoke and satisfy your appetite for gay, lesbian, bi, trans, enby, and otherwise queer-focused films, which will be available to watch for 72 hours once you hit play. This year’s online event is expanding its screenings to include not just Seattle but the rest of Washington, as well as Oregon and Idaho. The Stranger‘s Jasmyne Keimig lays out some recommendations here, including Monsoon, starring Crazy Rich Asians leading man Henry Golding. Don’t miss a screening and discussion of Velocity Dance Center’s documentary The Millennial Experience this week. 
(All week)

GEEK

2020 GeekWire Summit
Hundreds of leaders in tech fields around the world will gather virtually for live Q&As, talks, product demos, and a smattering of fun “parties.” Usually squeezed into two days, this year’s event will enjoy two whole weeks of activities with Bill Gates, venture capitalist Emily Melton, Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern, COVID-19 data expert Dr. Vin Gupta, DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson, and many others.
(All week)

Seattle Interactive Conference 2020 Virtual Edition
Entrepreneurs and online business professionals in areas ranging from storytelling and branding to PR and social media will assemble for a three-day online conference to share their work and build connections. The theme for this year’s 10th-anniversary event is “Perspective.”
(Tuesday–Thursday)

MUSIC

Earshot Jazz All Digital Festival 2020
The Earshot Jazz Festival, an annual month-long examination and celebration of the art form, includes nearly 30 online concerts featuring acts both local and (inter)national, old and young. Highlights of this week’s docket include Tarbaby (Fri Oct 23), and Ayesha Brooks, Wayne Horvitz, and Ha Yang Kim (Thurs Oct 22).
(All week)

Within/Earshot Jazz Festival 2020
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will continue its Earshot Jazz Festival season tradition with a lineup of free concerts, lectures, and workshops on YouTube and Facebook Live. 
(Tuesday & Thursday–Friday)

Planet Afropunk
This three-day virtual music festival celebrates Black Afropunk artists around the world, from Brazil’s Afrocidade to South Africa’s Bongeziwe Mabandla.
(Friday–Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Circa: S
Brisbane-based contemporary performance troupe Circa is a vision of limb contortions, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theater, and circus art. Meany Center will stream their new production S on its digital stage for a whole week.
(Monday-Friday)

Pony World Theatre – Suffering, Inc.
See Pony World Theatre’s 2016 production of Brendan Healy’s Suffering, Inc., which uses lines of dialogue exclusively from the plays of Anton Chekhov to tell the story of an American office whose employees are experts in bankruptcy and regret. 
(Friday-Sunday)

Vote Art Vote
Directed by Raja Feather Kelly and co-curated by Dani Tirrell, this collection of performances by queer artists will remind viewers of the importance of voting, especially in the upcoming election. 
(All week)

READINGS & TALKS

Tasveer South Asian Litfest
Taking place virtually on Tasveer’s social media channels, this six-day festival is returning this year to celebrate writers of the South Asian diaspora through readings, panel discussions, and interactive Q&As. Last year’s event saw special guests like Amitava Kumar (Immigrant, Montana) and Sharmila Sen (Not Quite Not White), and you can expect an equally great lineup this time.
(Tuesday–Sunday)

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